- In This Section
- Materials for Crowns and Bridges
- Teeth Whitening
- Smile Makeover
- Invisalign vs. Braces
- Porcelain Veneers
Are minor chips, cracks, and gaps in your smile making you feel self-conscious about your appearance? The right dentist can artfully conceal these small blemishes with porcelain veneers to create a luminous smile that you can proudly show off. Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment. These thin ceramic shells bonded to the front surface of teeth can mask a variety of flaws to create symmetry and beauty. Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr and the team at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center are extensively experienced in crafting and placing high-grade porcelain veneers at their Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, practice.
Are You a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are well-suited for patients who have generally healthy, aesthetically flawed teeth. Dr. Valenzuela can determine candidacy after conducting a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. If there are underlying health issues present, they must be addressed before any cosmetic dentistry treatments. Therefore, if Dr. Valenzuela discovers any decay or gum disease, you will have to undergo treatment for those concerns first.
If you have already undergone substantial restorative dental work, or have decayed teeth that need restorative treatment, dental crowns may be a better option for you. Crowns encapsulate the entire visible portion of the tooth, protecting against further damage and improving the aesthetic appeal of your smile.
The Placement Procedure
The total treatment time for veneers includes two office visits, after the initial consultation. During the first visit, Dr. Valenzuela will remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of the affected tooth to create room for the veneer, as well as create a roughened surface that helps in the bonding process.
Next, we will take impressions of the prepared tooth, to send to our dental laboratory, where the porcelain veneer is custom-designed and crafted. We will place a temporary veneer on your tooth while the permanent veneer is fabricated.
Not only is porcelain natural-looking, but it is highly durable and resistant to staining, making it a popular choice among our patients.
In about two weeks, you will return to our office to have your temporary veneer removed, and your new veneer fitted. Dr. Valenzuela will apply a special solution to the prepared surface before placing the veneer into the proper position using a strong bonding cement. He will ensure a flawless fit and bite, and buff the veneer as the final step.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a conservative and effective option for patients who wish to address:
- Intrinsic stains or discoloration that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Minor dental misalignment or asymmetry
- Small gaps between teeth
- Worn-down teeth
Porcelain veneers are often included in smile makeover treatments, to dramatically transform patients' smiles. Not only is porcelain natural-looking, but it is highly durable and resistant to staining, making it a popular choice among our patients. Dr. Valuenzela also offers LUMINEERS®, which are advanced veneers that require minimal preparatory work and only two office visits.
It is easy to care for your veneers, with daily brushing and flossing at home, and visiting our office for a checkup twice a year. You should not bite into hard foods or surfaces, or tear packaging open with your teeth, to maintain the longevity of your porcelain veneers.
Transform Your Smile Today
If you want to achieve a symmetrical and vibrant smile, in a cost-effective way, you should consider a porcelain veneers dental treatment. Contact our office to learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can enhance your smile.